Yankton's rally defeats Vermillion The Vermillion High varsity Lady Tanagers ended up on the wrong side of a fourth-quarter rally and were defeated by the Yankton Gazelles 33-26 in girls basketball Oct. 19 at Yankton.
VHS had led by one after the third quarter.
�I felt good about our defense but we couldn�t get any offensive production,� said VHS Coach Lance Luitjens. �Yankton�s defense took our guards out of the game. We simply could not put the ball in the hole that night. You won�t win many games only scoring 7 points in a half.�
The Lady Tanagers led 11-6 after the first quarter, went into the locker room up 19-14 at halftime, and then led 23-22 going into the final period.
The loss dropped VHS to a record of 8-6, while Yankton varsity improved to 7-8.
VHS sank 5 of 8 free throw tries while the Gazelles sank 5 of 10 free throw tries.
The Lady Tanagers had several noteworthy individual efforts in defeat.
�Defensively, we played well,� Coach Luitjens said. �It�s not often you hold a team to 33 points and still lose the game.�
Individual Stats, VHS: Scoring � Ashley Bjorkman, 6, Jaclyn Powell, 4, Meggie Donnelly, 4, Carey Engstrom, 4, Melissa Rydell, 2, Nikki Mollet, 2, Tessa Tuetken, 2, Alison Obr, 1, Leslie Larson, 1. Rebounds � Mollet, 3, Obr, 3.
Individual Stats, Yankton varsity: Scoring � Holly Sedlacek, 4, Tanea Roberts, 7, Michelle Carter, 7, Heidi Heal, 4, Megan Storm, 4, Jenny Dewald, 3, Mandy McCallum, 2, Jenny Frick, 2. Rebounds � Sedlacek, 7, McCallum, 4.
Team fouls: VHS � 13, Yankton varsity � 12.